South Windsor police are in the midst of investigating an attack Tuesday that took place at a local automotive business and left two men hospitalized with serious injuries.
Chief of Police Matthew Reed said that police were following up on information provided by one of the two victims, as well as posts on a Facebook page that identified at least one of the alleged assailants.
The Facebook page, “Pray for Bob and Ryan,” was created to provide information on the conditions of the two men - Forced Induction Motorsports owner Robert Lareau, 28, of Enfield, and Ryan Kelleher, 21, of Windsor, who are still receiving treatment at Hartford Hospital.
"Police are aware of a Facebook page that has been posted regarding the assaults and are investigating the information on that page," Reed said.
Lareau was in intensive care as of yesterday, while Kelleher was conscious and had been interviewed by police. Both men received serious head and facial injuries, possibly from an exhaust pipe, according to police.
Reed said that the attack does not appear to be a random act.
"The building [located at 51 Edwin Road] where the attack occurred houses several different businesses, most of which were unoccupied at the time of the incident," Reed said in a message to South Windsor Patch.
Police are encouraging anyone who was in the area of 51 Edwin Road on Tuesday night between 8:30 and 9:20 p.m. to contact them at 860-644-2551.
Forced Induction Motorsports is located in a building in a South Windsor commercial zone with other industrial-type businesses. According to its website, FIM is an automobile repair and upgrading business.
A vigil for the two men has been planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at Forced Induction Motorsports, according to the Facebook page.